Notes on WorldSBK race 1 from our man on the ground at Portimao:
WorldSBK standings after the first race at Portimao:
World Superbike’s Saturday race would be twenty laps, without Tom Sykes due to his crash this morning. The wind was still very noticeable and the temperature was up to 22ºC.
World Supersport qualifying for tomorrow’s race was sunny and breezy, with riders exploring the limits as they aimed to get the best position possible for tomorrow's race start.
World Superbike qualifying took place on a sunny morning, delayed by red flags in the first two sessions of the day.
Sheridan Morais ended the untimed session quickest, ahead of this afternoon's Superpole. Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen were within a second of the South African.
Tom Sykes has been declared unfit after a crash that brought out a red flag in this morning's untimed session. As he crested the hill before turn nine, the Kawasaki's rear seemed to lose grip and snap out, causing a high-speed wobble there was no recovery from. Sykes came down the right hand side of the track, with his bike bursting into flames next to him, flames licking his leathers. Luckily he stopped sliding before the bike did and excaped with a dislocated finger on his left hand.
After the delay, the session was restarted and topped by Jonathan Rea ahead of Chaz Davies.
Press releases after the first day of practice for the WorldSBK and WorldSSP teams at Portimao:
Rapid Rea leads the way on day one
Reigning Champion fastest man in Portugal, ahead of Ducati pair
A late hot lap in FP2 on Friday afternoon at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal gave the reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) the top spot on the timesheet, more than half a second clear of his nearest rival.
With Sheridan Morais unable to improve on his morning's time, Kenan Sofuoglu took control, setting the fastest time of the day, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias. Morais's morning time, however, was good enough for second quickest overall.
Kyle Smith and Christoffer Bergman, the Öhlins test rider, were the two quickest riders to miss out on automatically qualifying for Superpole two and head into tomorrow's qualifying the favourites for promotion.
In a warm and windy session that started five minutes late, Jonathan Rea ran a string of fast laps before popping back for new tyres, five minutes from the end of the session. With the new rubber on, he put in two more laps before facing the chequered flag and set the fastest time of the weekend on the last lap.